Senior Independent &
Retirement Living

Residences designed for senior independent living, also sometimes called senior apartments, retirement communities or senior congregate living, are designed for the senior who can live independently but who want someone else to take care of maintenance and yard work.

Some senior residential alternatives, such as apartments, offer simply a safe living environment with neighbors who may share interests. Many retirement communities offer additional services such as meal service, transportation, housekeeping, and recreational opportunities.

Some senior apartments participate in subsidized housing programs such as the Section 8 voucher or HUD 202 programs. Many of these residences have active waiting lists. Because retirement residences are designed for healthy adults, Medicare and Medicaid do not provide assistance with costs.

While health care services are generally not provided, communities usually encourage residents to take advantage of locally available home care services for assistance with personal care and medical needs.